Tuesday June 5 primary elections feature many critical state and local contests

Next Tuesday, June 5. 2018 will be an important primary election day for state and local office for both the Democratic and Republican parties.
All State constitutional offices (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner) the entire State Legislature, all Congressional seats, County Sheriffs, County Commissions, Coroners and many other positions are up for election.
The Democratic Party hopes to sustain the momentum and turnout of last December’s Special Election when Doug Jones was elected as the first Democrat to win statewide in twenty-five years.
In the Democratic primary for Governor, there are six candidates including Sue Bell Cobb, Christopher Countryman, James C. Fields Jr., Walt Maddox, Doug ‘New Blue’ Smith and Anthony White. Walt Maddox, the Mayor of Tuscaloosa, has been endorsed by ANSA, ADC, the Mayor of Birmingham and others.
On the Republican side, incumbent Governor Kay Ivey is running against several challengers including Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville, Bill Hightower, Scott Dawson and Michael McAllister.
The Republicans also have a race for Lieutenant Governor including Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, Will Ainsworth and Rusty Glover. Only one person qualified in the Democratic race for Lieutenant Governor, Rev. Will Boyd of Florence, who will not be on the Democratic ballot in the primary, but will e listed in the November 6, 2018 General Election.

For State Attorney General, there are two Democratic candidates: Chris Christie and Joe Siegelman. Siegelman endorsed by ANSA and Christie endorsed by ADC. The Republicans have incumbent Steve Marshall shall pitted against Alice Martin, Troy King and Chess Bedsole.
In Greene County local races, there is strong interest in the Democratic Party primary. There are no candidates for county offices on the Republican ballot.
Person wishing to vote in the Republican Primary for statewide offices, including Public Service Commission Place 2, where local businessman, Chis ‘Chip’ Beeker is running for re-election against one challenger, Robin Litaker, will not be able to vote in local contests in the Democratic Party. You must choose the party primary you want to vote in and remain with that party throughout the first and second primaries.
In Greene County, in the Democratic Primary, two candidates are contesting the Circuit Clerk’s position: Debra D. Blackmon and Veronica Morton Jones. Jones is endorsed by ANSA.
In the race for Greene County Probate Judge, six candidates are running for the position vacated by Judy Spree. The six are: James Carter, John Kennard, Jeremy Rancher, Rashon Smith, Grace Belton Stanford and Rolonda Wedgeworth. ANSA endorsed Jeremy Rancher,
For Greene County Sheriff, three are challenging incumbent Sheriff Jonathan ‘Joe’ Benison, including Jimmie L. Benison, Lorenzo French and Beverly Spencer; Lorenzo French was endorsed by ANSA.
For Greene County Coroner, incumbent Ronald Kent Smith is opposed by Finest Gandy Jr. Smith was endorsed by ANSA.
For State Democratic Executive Committee, for District 72, which includes parts of Greene, Hale and Perry counties, Arthur Crawford, James F. May and John Zippert are running. John Zippert was endorsed by ANSA. For the female position on the State Democratic Executive Committee, three women are running: Carrie B. McFadden, Jerildine Melton and Johnnie Mae Scott. ANSA made no endorsement in this race.
For Greene County Commission District No. 1: Lester ‘Bop” Brown, the incumbent is running against James Gaines Jr. ANSA endorsed Lester Brown.
In District No. 2 for County Commissioner, incumbent Tennyson Smith was not opposed in the primary and will not have opposition in the General Election.
In District No. 3 for Commissioner, incumbent Corey Cockrell is challenged by Elzora C. Fluker. Fluker was endorsed by ANSA.
In District No. 4 for Commissioner, incumbent Allen Turner Jr. is opposed by John H. Vester. Turner was endorsed by ANSA.
In District No. 5 for Commissioner, incumbent Michael Williams is challenged by Marvin Childs, Grace Atkins Lavender, Rashonda Summerville and Marvin K. Walton. Summerville was endorsed by ANSA.


Rev. Kenneth Glasgow says “God had prepared us for this attack”

Special to the Democrat By: John Zippert,



On Friday, May 4, 2017, The Ordinary Peoples Society (TOPS) of Dothan, Alabama held its 17th Annual Founders and Unity Day. The dinner was attended by 200 people who were honoring Rev. Kenneth Glasgow on his 53rd birthday, the TOPS organization for its work with the community and incarcerated people around the country and ‘Moma Tina’, Glasgow’s mother, for her work in sustaining the organization and helping to feed hungry and homeless people in the area.
The dinner came in the shadows of Rev. Glasgow recent arrest and suspicious charge of ‘capital murder’ in the March 26th death of Breunia Jennings. Rev. Glasgow was asked by Jamie Townes, a friend to help him find his car that was taken. Glasgow, Townes and two others went to search for the car. They spotted the car and then the car rammed into them.
Townes jumped out of Glasgow’s car, drew a gun and shot Jennings. When the police came they arrested Townes and Glasgow and released the other two persons. Glasgow, a nationally recognized activitist on prisoner issues was charged with ‘capital murder’ under an Alabama statute which says unless you actively try to prevent a crime you are an accessory and implicit in it.
National and state organizations like the NAACP, Save Ourselves Movement for Justice and Democracy, ANSC, ADC and others challenged the suspicious nature of Kenneth Glasgow’s arrest and are working to have the charges dismissed. These groups and others packed the Dothan Courthouse for Glasgow’s preliminary hearing on April 6, 2018.
Circuit Judge Benjamin Lewis sent Glasgow’s case to the Houston County (AL) Grand Jury but also made the unusual decision in a capital case to grant a bail request of $75,000. Glasgow has been out of jail on bail since April 9, 2018.
Friday’s dinner was one of his first opportunities to make a public statement to supporters about his case. “ We expected this kind of attack because of the work we have done on prisoners rights, our fights against police brutality and mass incarceration of Black young people. We have been preparing for this. God has been preparing us for this kind of attack.
“We were ready for this. We were prepared. When we got to jail, we started organizing and had a prayer circle for the DA, the Police Chief and others. WE must get beyond this to fight the real issues.”
There were other speakers at the dinner that supported Glasgow and TOPS including Dorsey Nunn of ‘All Of Us or None, a California group that initiated the ‘Ban the Box’ campaign; Asha Bandele, with a New York City prisoners campaign, State Senator Hank Sanders of Selma, former Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee and others.
Rev. Glasgow said that he needs people to continue to help support the work of TOPS (The Ordinary People’s Society, 403 West Powell Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303; phone 334-671-2882 office and 334-791-2433 cell; West Powell Street. Dothan, AL 36303) and support his Legal Defense Committee by going to this website: http://www.glasgowdefensecommittee.org.

Doug Jones sweeps Greene County in Democratic primary; wins statewide without a runoff; Republicans Roy Moore and Luther Strange to face off in second primary on September 26

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Doug Jones speaks with voters

In yesterday’s statewide Democratic primary for the U. S. Senate, Doug Jones won 1,303 votes or 93% of the 1,408 votes cast in Greene County.
Statewide, Jones received 64% of the vote cast, which means that he has won the nomination with out a second primary. Jones can now campaign for the special General Election on December 12, 2017.
Final vote totals are still being compiled.

In the Republican primary, there will be a run-off between Luther Strange, who currently holds the Senate seat and Judge Roy Moore, who has been removed twice from the Alabama Supreme Court for ethics violations. The two Republicans will square off in the run-off election on September 26. Statewide, Moore led with 39% followed by Strange with 32% and Congressman Mo Brooks third with 20%.
In Greene County, there were 272 votes cast in the Republican primary, with Moore receiving 128 (47%) votes, Strange 87 (32%) and Mo Brooks 32 (12%).
Senator Hank Sanders commented, “We are proud of the results of this primary. Doug Jones is the best candidate. He was endorsed by Alabama New South Alliance, ADC, labor unions and civic groups, which helped him to win the Democratic Primary without a runoff. We know he will have an uphill battle to win the seat on December 12, but we are going to work together with him to put together a winning campaign for this important Senate seat.”
Doug Jones a former U.S. Attorney known for the prosecution of convicted killers Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, has picked up several endorsements from Democratic leaders, including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Rep. Terri Sewell. Last week, Jones also received an endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden.
“All my life I have been trying to work with folks to make sure people have equal opportunities–they’re treated fairly, they’re treated the same under the law, they be treated with dignity and respect,” Jones said when he arrived to his watch party after learning he had won.
“You know, 15 years ago, I actually went up against the Klan. And we won,” Jones said.
Jones said his campaign is looking forward to the general election set for later this year. “We’re going to have the same message through December that we’ve had through August. We will be discussing ‘kitchen table issues’ like providing affordable healthcare for all people, working for a livable wage and making sure young people can afford higher education without overwhelming debt.”
See below more detailed campaign results for Greene County by precinct.